Akademia Ruchu The Market of Toys

Broadway Plaza between 46th & 47th St MAP

Marking their 40th anniversary this year, Akademia Ruchu, (‘Academy of Movement’), is a group operating at the intersection between art and theater, which was founded in 1973 in Warsaw, Poland, where it brought together a group of performers with a wide range of academic and physical training – from ballet to martial arts. The group have consistently pursued the ‘politicization of aesthetics’, as a strategy to engage with a general public and have engaged in insightful reflections on communist and post-communist Poland, finding ways to communicate even when particular forms of speech and action are censored. During Performa Akademia Ruchu will present a new participatory performance specially conceived for the urban environment of Times Square in New York. The group will carry out three simple actions, that include standing still, walking, or dancing, constructed so as to cause subtle disturbances in the everyday order of things, and draw attention to the patterns that the city encourages us to follow on a day to day basis.


Generously supported by the Polish Cultural Institute New York, Fundacja Sztuka i Współczesność, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, the Polish Ministry of Cultural and National Heritage, Times Square Arts, Artplace and NEA Artworks

Event Title
Date & Time
  • Thu. Nov 7, 1:00 pm
Akademia Ruchu presents a visual retrospective of their work since 1974 through a range of images and films.
Free with RSVP
  • Wed. Nov 6, 7:00 pm
Poland's groundbreaking collective create contemporary versions of their seminal political happenings.
  • Sat. Nov 2, 12:00 pm
Althamer builds connections between Williamsburg's many residents as all are invited to join in his conviviality and revelry at the Biba bar.